Flexible and covering all areas of practice, this course prepares you to work as a person-centred experiential counselling and psychotherapy practitioner.

You will join a diverse and professional community that has a person-centred experiential approach at its heart. As a team, we have a unique blend of practice and academic backgrounds and experience.

On this course, you will:

  • learn and develop person-centred experiential therapy
  • engage creatively with issues in contemporary society
  • choose between two specialist pathways:
    • counselling for adults across the lifespan
    • counselling for children and young people
  • be part of a vibrant counselling and psychotherapy community
  • have the chance to join our research clinic
  • study in a world-class university within an award-winning sustainable environment

You will benefit from our 50-year tradition of counselling training at the University of Nottingham. Working with leading scholars and practitioners in the field of person-centred experiential counsellor training, you will develop within a growth-oriented experiential learning environment, with access to superb learning resources and leading research.

We strive to create a vibrant student-centred learning community where we learn from each other, and also run a seminar series linked to this course.

On completion of the course you will leave with an internationally recognised counselling qualification, and can go on to become a leader in the field of counselling working in education, schools, health, community, private and public sectors.

This course will equip you with the required number of training hours for individual accreditation with British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, as well as preparing you for doctoral studies in counselling and psychotherapy or related areas.

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Course details

The taught element of this course is made up of 120 credits, plus a 60-credit dissertation. It can be completed over two years full-time including dissertation, or four years part-time, plus an eight-month dissertation.

Teaching typically takes place from 1.30-6pm on Tuesday and Wednesday each week with occasional attendance required at other times including weekends.


You can choose between two specialist pathways:

  • Counselling for adults across the lifespan
  • Counselling for children and young people


Experiential learning methods include written essays, process analysis, case studies, presentations and a portfolio.

Entry requirements

2:2 (or international equivalent) and one year of work or volunteer experience in a helping or supporting role. Applicants with a Level 4 Diploma and two years of work experience as a counsellor or psychotherapist will also be considered

English language requirements

IELTS: 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)


Career destinations for our graduates include counsellors, education advisers, language tutors, primary/secondary teachers and vocational/industrial trainers and instructors. A number of our graduates are already in employment while undertaking part-time study for professional development in their chosen career.

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Last updated February 13, 2019
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